One parent is the legal resident and has hold permanent professional job in the state for at least three years , and paid the in state resident tax before the student was admitted into a state university,but another parent lives and have job out of the state.
The state university does not grant the in-state tuition for the student. Does the university violate any law. The university is granted with autonomy by the state. However,the university guidelines for determining the in state tuition does not make clear specification for this situation, and the university official refused to provide its rationale for the denial in writing. Only the staff in registration office told the parent over phone that the student was denied for the in state tuition, because one parent is not the state resident.
I wonder how the equal protection law can be applied to this case. Is the equal protection is federal law? I was told that the university guildlines is equivalent to state law. Even though the guildlines does not have the specification for this suitation, the university has the right to interpret it in the way they want. Can they do it in such a way? Thanks for providing any thought on this.